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Happy New Year, Feliz Ano Novo!


The size of Brazil


The party for when Brazil was awarded the World Cup in 2007

Who soured the party? What has changed from then to now?


Jairzinho & Paulo César Lima Vintage 1966-80

Pictures of Brazilian Football heros

Beyond The Last Man

Brazil Last year we published the story about the abortive spell that the brilliant Brazilian internationals Jairzinho and Paulo César Lima spent in France with Marseille during the 1970s, here: An Unhappy Year In Provence For Jairzinho and Paulo César Lima  It’s one of many great tales from our archive and one worth bringing to the attention of our many new followers who might have missed it first time round.

To complement this post we have added a Vintage gallery sharing some memorable images, both at work and at play, of these dazzlingly gifted World Cup winners. As ever, click on any images to open the Gallery.

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Ipanema in the 1970’s

Ipanema in the 1970's

Thanks to Guarantiga and Pier de Ipanema

Disney in Copacabana in the 1940’s

Disney in Brazil in the 1940's

New Year in Copacabana.


Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba.

Lost Samba’s new picture

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Carnival Pictures 2013

Sources – O Globo, Folha de Sao Paulo, Journey to Brazil and Rio de Janeiro Guia Oficial, ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Adoniran Barbosa


With a career spanning from the 40’s to the 70’s Adoniran Barbosa was a very different kind of Sambista, way beyond his time.

His life history and his work set him apart from his contemporaries; first of all he was from Sao Paulo, a town that is, and was, considered as infertile ground for quality Samba, due to its strong economy, its urban soul and its great amount of immigrants. Vinicius de Moraes the godfather of Bossa Nova and of Ipanema’s coolness called that town the “grave of Samba”

Adoniran’s real name was Joao Rubinato, the son of an upper middle class Italian immigrant who would never accept the career. A sambista from his social background was something unheard of in the forties and fifties when the door was wide open for kids like him to become rich in the booming Brazil. Yet Adoniran dropped out and despite not having a great voice, after a lot of suffering and effort, he finally made it.

His songs talk about the humble folk insisting in a poetic life way of life despite the harshness of Sao Paulo’s money-making reality. His work was not essentially political, his posture was more like the one of a reporter talking about a world he was not born into but came to discover and love because of his artistic vocation. As most Paulistas he took that suffering in a candid way and with a good dose of good humor.

He died in 1982, but is still held by the the people of Sao Paulo as a representation of their true soul. Below are some of the examples of his work:

With Elis Regina, one of Brazil’s best singers of all times:

Demonios da Groa ( the band that made most of his songs famous) playing Adoniran’s most famous song, Trem das Onze:

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